Public Service Announcement
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Participating in COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Strategy
Release Date: January 13, 2022
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay advises the public it closely monitors information related to COVID-19. As residents know, as of 12:01 AM, Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the entire Province is under COVID-19 Alert Level 4.
In September 2021, the provincial Department of Environment and Climate Change launched the COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Strategy. The background indicated by the Province is as follows:
“The virus that causes covid-19 is known as SARS-CoV-2. People with covid-19 can shed this virus in their stool whether they have symptoms, have no symptoms, have had a covid-19 test, or were never diagnosed. Monitoring municipal wastewater for the virus that causes covid-19 allows for the detection of the virus in a large population and can provide an early warning of positive and asymptomatic cases of covid-19 in the community and possible outbreaks. Wastewater monitoring consistently captures most of the population with covid-19, given that everyone goes to the washroom. Wastewater monitoring can serve as a tool for mass public health surveillance and can assist in directing public health guidance.”
Although the Province halted the Surveillance Strategy during the last two weeks of December 2021, the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay assures the public that it has been involved in the strategy from its beginnings. The approach restarted in early January, and the Province has confirmed that a passive wastewater sample taken on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, has indicated a trace presence of COVID-19.
Residents can view the Results Dashboard at the following link:
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is actively and willingly participating in the Wastewater Surveillance Strategy; however, the Province is responsible for facilitating the Wastewater Surveillance Strategy and the subsequent reporting and updating of results.
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